2016 Brotherhood of St. Moses the Black Conference

2016 Brotherhood of St. Moses the Black Conference


Mark your calendars for the 23rd Annual Brotherhood of St. Moses the Black Conference scheduled to take place on October 7-9, 2016.

This year’s conference, “Principles of Reconciliation” features keynote speaker, Bishop Neofitos of Kenya.


Friday, October 7

3:00pm Registration at Joy of All Who Sorrow Church
4:00pm Canon for Reconciliation
5:00pm Vespers
6:00pm Dinner
7:00pm Welcome and introduction of speakers, local clergy, hierarchs-Fr Jerome Sanderson
7:30pm Abba Moses historical sketch and sayings-Carla Thomas
8:00pm Young Orthodox Preachers Panel-Fr Paul, Dcn Turbo, Photios Mierthew, Subdcn Peter, John G, Cecil M
9:00pm Akathist to St Moses the Black
Songs and poems of joy and sorrow
Saturday, October 8

7:00am Matins and Canon to the African Saints-Fr Justin Matthews, Fr Michael Carney, Carla Thomas
8:00am Breakfast
8:30am Rx for Reconciling African Americans to the Orthodox Church-Carla Thomas, MD
9:00am Deep Reconciliation: Looking Beneath the Surface-Mother Katherine
10:00am Building Bridges through Sacrificial Reconnections-Fr Alexii
11:00am Orthodox Missions in Kenya: The Creation of New Dioceses and the Challenge of the Past-His Grace Bishop Neofitos
12 noon Lunch
1:00pm Reconciliation on Orthodox Front Lines, and What It Means to Support a Seminarian-Fr Paul
2:00pm Reconciliation and Chapter Development (How to start a BSMB Chapter)-Deacon Turbo
3:00pm Principles of Reconciliation-Fr Jerome
4:00pm Brotherhood of St Moses the Black Board meeting
5:00pm Confessions and Canon of Repentance
6:00pm Vespers
7:00pm Dinner
8:00pm The Unbroken Circle, Where Do We Go From Here-Fr Jerome Sanderson
9:00pm Poems, songs, remembrances
Sunday, October 9

7:30am Matins, Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at Joy of All Who Sorrow Church
12 noon Dismissal


The conference will take place at the Joy of all Who Sorrow Orthodox Church, 1516 N Delaware Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202.


Click here to register for this year’s conference.  The conference fee is $100.

Other speakers will be announced.


His Grace Neofitos Kongais was born in 1970 in the village of Kesengei, in the Nandi district of Kenya. He holds a degree from the Archbishop Makarios III Patriarchal Academy in Kenya. He was ordained Deacon and a few weeks later Priest in September of 1998. He served in parishes in Nairobi and at the Patriarchal Academy there as Deputy Principal. On February 27, 2005, he was consecrated as archimandrite by His Eminence Makarios of Kenya. In the same year he was awarded a post-graduate title in Theological Studies from the Theological College of Holy Cross in Boston. In 2007 he was tonsured a monk at the Holy Monastery of the Transfiguration in Veroia. On November 26, 2014, proposed by His Beatitude, he was elected by the Holy Synod as Auxiliary Bishop of the once brilliant Diocese of Nitria.


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